19 days in Chicago, Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

19 days in Chicago, Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

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19 days in Chicago, Memphis & New Orleans Itinerary

Chicago
Chicago
— 3 nights
train:  10​h 30​min
Memphis
— 3 nights
train:  8​h 15​min
New Orleans
— 12 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
Chicago

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Chicago

Chicago ©
A huge and vibrant city, Chicago is home to top-notch theaters, shops, museums, galleries, and restaurants.
Millennium Park and Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore The Art Institute of Chicago and The Field Museum. The adventure continues: engage your brain at Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, pause for some photo ops at Cloud Gate, admire all the interesting features of Wrigley Field, and wander the streets of The Magnificent Mile.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Chicago itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from United Kingdom, the closest major airports are Chicago Midway International Airport, Chicago O'Hare International Airport and South Bend Regional Airport. Expect a daytime high around 11°C in November, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Memphis.

Things to do in Chicago

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Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
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The Art Institute of Chicago ©
The Art Institute of Chicago
Millennium Park ©
Millennium Park
The Field Museum
The Field Museum

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Memphis

Memphis ©
The largest city on the Mississippi River, Memphis bills itself as both the "Birthplace of Rock" and "Home of the Blues." With such a rich musical heritage, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Elvis Presley chose to live in Memphis during his later years.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Sun Studio. and National Civil Rights Museum. Get some cultural insight at Beale Street and The Peabody Ducks. The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Graceland, get engrossed in the history at Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Memphis Zoo, and explore the world behind art at Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Memphis trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Chicago to Memphis by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Chicago in November: high temperatures in Memphis hover around 19°C and lows are around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can travel to New Orleans.

Things to do in Memphis

Museums Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums
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National Civil Rights Museum ©
National Civil Rights Museum
Sun Studio. ©
Sun Studio.
Beale Street
Beale Street

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New Orleans

New Orleans ©
Known for its Creole cuisine, rich musical tradition, and nearby swamps and plantations, New Orleans is one of the nation's oldest cities.
Museum-lovers will appreciate The National WWII Museum and Cabildo. Get some cultural insight at French Quarter and Royal Street. You'll find plenty of places to visit near New Orleans: Nottoway Plantation (in White Castle), Vacherie (Laura Plantation: Louisiana's Creole Heritage Site & Oak Alley Plantation) and San Francisco Plantation (in Garyville). There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Garden District, get a taste of the local shopping with Frenchmen Street, stroll the grounds of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, and stroll through New Orleans City Park.

For more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the New Orleans holiday planner.

Getting from Memphis to New Orleans by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Memphis in November since evenings lows in New Orleans dip to 19°C. On the 23rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in New Orleans

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vacherie, San Francisco Plantation, Houmas House Plantation and Gardens, Nottoway Plantation, Destrehan Plantation
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French Quarter ©
French Quarter
The National WWII Museum
The National WWII Museum
Garden District ©
Garden District

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